SpaceX Lifts Off their Falcon 9 for Turksat 5B

Space Coast, FL – On Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 2258 EST, Falcon 9 launched the Turksat 5B mission to geostationary transfer orbit from SLC-40 (Space Launch Complex 40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This was the third launch and landing of this booster, which previously supported launch of CRS-22 and Crew-3.

T-20 minute vent from Falcon 9 B1067-3 prior to launch
T-20 minute vent from Falcon 9 B1067-3 prior to launch | photo: Jon Van Horne

Turksat 5B

The Turksat 5B satellite was manufactured by Airbus. Airbus SE is a European multinational aerospace corporation. Airbus designs, manufactures and sells civil and military aerospace products worldwide and manufactures aircraft in Europe and various countries outside Europe. Turksat 5B will be providing coverage over Turkey, West, Middle East, via Ka Multispot Beams. It will remain at a 42° East orbit and the expected maneuver lifespan is thirty-seven years.

Lift off of the SpaceX Falcon 9 B1067-3 rocket booster for Turksat 5B
Lift off of the SpaceX Falcon 9 B1067-3 rocket booster for Turksat 5B | photo: Jon Van Horne

Turksat has plans for another launch in 2022 for the Turksat 6A satellite. More details to come as we get further into next year.

The launch had a 90 minute window, however it was green across the board for a lift off at the start of it. Clouds at the press site were scattered however the full moon lit up the sky as well with a gorgeous launch and a rumble from the 9 merlin engines that lasted longer than usual.

Falcon 9 B1067-3 soars on an eastern trajectory into the moonlit night.
Falcon 9 B1067-3 soars on an eastern trajectory into the moonlit night. | photo: Jon Van Horne

Next up for SpaceX is the Commercial Resupply Services 24 mission to the International Space Station. Keep posted on our launch schedule page and social media for more details about CRS-24.

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